Newborn Registration Service - Frequently Asked Questions

Canada Child Benefits


  1. What benefits and credits can I apply for using the Canada Child Benefits (CCB) application?
  2. Who can use this service?
  3. Why should I use this service to apply for benefits for my child?
  4. Can I use this service if I am not the birth mother of the child?
  5. If I am not the birth mother of the child, do I have to apply for the Canada Child Benefits using this service?
  6. If I choose to use this service, do I also need to complete an RC66, Canada Child Benefits application, for the child?
  7. How can I use this service?
  8. Are there fees associated with this service?
  9. I would like my benefits directly deposited into my bank account. Is this possible?
  10. When can I expect my first payment after using this service?
  11. How can I check the status of my CCB application?
  12. How is my CCB application sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (Government of Canada)?
  13. What information is sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (Government of Canada)?
  14. If I have a new address, will my address automatically be updated with the CRA using this service?
  15. If I have already registered my child's birth, can I use this service to apply for benefits for my child?
  16. If the child is over one year of age, can I use this service to apply for benefits for my child?

← Back to FAQ categories


  1. What benefits and credits can I apply for using the Canada Child Benefits (CCB) application?
  2. As the birth mother of the child, you will be applying for the new Canada child benefit (CCB), the goods and services tax/harmonized sales tax (GST/HST) credit, and any related federal and provincial/territorial programs such as the Ontario child benefit (OCB).


  3. Who can use this service?
  4. You must be the birth mother of the child, a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident, the primary caregiver of the child and be able to provide your social insurance number in order to use this service. For this service, "Mother" refers to the child's birth mother. If you do not meet these eligibility requirements, you will have to apply for Canada Child Benefits (CCB) using the Canada Revenue Agency's My Account service. Alternatively, you can visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to access and fill out the Canada Child Benefits Application - RC66 form or call the CRA directly at 1-800-387-1193.


  5. Why should I use this service to apply for benefits for my child?
  6. Applying for Canada Child Benefits (CCB) is an optional service available to the birth mother of the child. This online application is quick and easy, and saves you from having to use another method, such as completing the CRA's Form RC66, Canada Child Benefits Application, at a later date.


  7. Can I use this service if I am not the birth mother of the child?
  8. If you are not the birth mother of the child, you will have to apply for Canada Child Benefits using the Canada Revenue Agency's My Account service. Alternatively, you can visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to access and fill out the Canada Child Benefits Application - RC66 form or call the CRA directly at 1-800-387-1193.


  9. If I am not the birth mother of the child, do I have to apply for the Canada Child Benefits using this service?
  10. The information you provide to register this birth will not be sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) using this service. To apply for Canada Child Benefits, you must use the Canada Revenue Agency's My Account service. Alternatively, you can visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to access and fill out the Canada Child Benefits Application - RC66 form or call the CRA directly at 1-800-387-1193.


  11. If I choose to use this service, do I also need to complete an RC66, Canada Child Benefits application, for the child?
  12. No. The application includes your provided consent in the appropriate section of this birth registration process. Re-applying by any other methods may result in a delay in processing your application and issuing payments.


  13. How can I use this service?
  14. To use this service, select Option 1 or Option 2 (Canada Child Benefits) and complete the application that is provided.


  15. Are there fees associated with this service?
  16. There are no fees associated with the Canada Child Benefits application process.


  17. I would like my benefits directly deposited into my bank account. Is this possible?
  18. Yes. You will have to sign up using the CRA's Arrange my direct deposit service at My Account or go to direct deposit for more information. If you already receive your benefit payments for your other children by direct deposit, you do not have to apply again. You will receive the benefit payments for your newborn in the same bank account.


  19. When can I expect my first payment after using this service?
  20. Once the Canada Revenue Agency receives your application through this service from the province of Ontario, you can expect to receive your first notice/payment within 80 calendar days.


  21. How can I check the status of my CCB application?
  22. For information on the status of your application, go online to My Account or MyBenefits CRA or contact the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.


  23. How is my CCB application sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (Government of Canada)?
  24. The application will be sent electronically to the Canada Revenue Agency once the birth has been registered with the Province of Ontario. Information is encrypted prior to the transmission of data and sent in encrypted format over secure networks to protect personal information.


  25. What information is sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (Government of Canada)?
  26. The following information is sent to the Canada Revenue Agency (Government of Canada) once the birth has been registered with the Province of Ontario:

    • Birth mother's name, date of birth, place of birth, SIN, and mailing address;
    • Your child's name, date and place of birth, and sex; and
    • Your child's birth registration number (provided by the Province of Ontario).

  27. If I have a new address, will my address automatically be updated with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) using this service?
  28. No. If you move, you must inform the CRA of your new address each time you move, even if you receive your payments by direct deposit. To update your personal information, go to CRA's My Account or call 1-800-387-1193.


  29. If I have already registered my child's birth, can I use this service to apply for benefits for my child?
  30. You cannot apply for Canada Child Benefits using this service if the child's birth has already been registered. You will have to apply for Canada Child Benefits using the Canada Revenue Agency's My Account service. Alternatively, you can visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to access and fill out the Canada Child Benefits Application - RC66 form or call the CRA directly at 1-800-387-1193.


  31. If the child is over one year of age, can I use this service to apply for benefits for my child?
  32. If the child is over one year of age, you cannot use this service to apply for Canada Child Benefits. You will have to apply for Canada Child Benefits using the Canada Revenue Agency's My Account service. Alternatively, you can visit the Canada Revenue Agency website to access and fill out the Canada Child Benefits Application - RC66 form or call the CRA directly at 1-800-387-1193.